WVMC Employees Serve in Domincan Republic

WVMC Team Provide 63 Joint Replacement Surgeries in D.R.

In January, a group of employees from Willamette Valley Medical Center and two family members traveled to the Dominican Republic with Operation Walk Freedom to Move to provide joint replacement surgery for people who otherwise would be denied access to surgery.

The purpose of this mission was two-fold: to transform the lives of people living in poor, rural communities who are unable to move without pain, and to train orthopedic residents at Juan de Bosch Hospital, so they can improve the quality of orthopedic care they provide.

With teamwork, creativity and four long days of hard work, they were able to perform 63 joint replacement surgeries. This will allow 63 people to get back to work, back to school and back to caring for their families.

The team shared that it was an exhausting trip, but they all returned with their “buckets” full — Thankful for the opportunity to help others and a renewed appreciation for what they have in their our own lives.

The Dominican patients and their families were also incredibly grateful and thankful for the care that they received from the team.

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